Interview with Campbell Barton

This week I thought it would be interesting to hear from one of the quiet achievers of the community: Campbell Barton.

Campbell is a fulltime Blender developer who is working hard to make Blender more stable and easier to use. Most recently he worked on Sintel as the Technical Director, fixing bugs and adding features that the team needed.

He currently lives in Victoria, Australia, working 9-5 to meet the demands of this very demanding community!

In this interview I ask him some of the big questions that the community has been echoing of late. Such as:

  • When will the final stable version of 2.5 be released?
  • Is BMesh still being developed?
  • How long will you be sticking with Blender?
  • What was the hardest part about working on Sintel?
  • How was the Sintel renderfarm created?
  • How did you first learn Python?

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Campbell has opened my eyes to a lot of issues that I didn’t know about and I hope it had the same effect on you. Join me in thanking Campbell for his hard work! :)

In other news, on Tuesday next week I will be flying to Amsterdam where I will be attending the Blender conference and updating Blender Guru with up to date happenings and hopefully recording a few presentations. Stay tuned ;)

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Kriss

    lol, you can see Proog from elephants dream in this movie in the market scene, where scales is chasing the chicken and then there is a closeup of Sintel and you can see Proog selling some stuff to a woman @_@

  • Chest Freezers for Sale

    I tried looking at your blog with my mobile phone and the structure does not seem to be correct. Might wanna check it out on WAP as well as it seems most mobile phone layouts are not working with your website.

  • kimberlysagayno

    i hope the developers would never give up…there is something great really going on here with Blender…

  • Petter

    Thanks I get it now , I thought it was a built in movie player in blender. But its not thanks.

  • Shaeope

    First, in the Render Setings, change where you want the rendered video to be outputted:

    Then in still in the Render settings, change the filetype it will output as. Change it to someting like AVI RAW..

    Then go to where it is outputted after you render it and open it with a movie player or whatever.

  • Petter

    Im new to blender and I am wondering , how I can open and play a rendered animation. I make an animation and I render it as an animation , it renders frame by frame and when its finished rendering how to I open it and play it ?

  • Petter

    Thank you I will check it out. :)

  • Shaeope

    Haha no problem. If you want to find a keyboard shortcut go to Blender then:
    File->User Preferences->Input->Then click on the arrows to see the keyboard shortcuts. :D

  • Petter


    Thank you I almost had to start all over again :)